May Newsline: FCC Submits Broadband Changes, Aurora Plans Sewer Improvements, Sustainability New Goal For Public Works

May 2010 Vol. 65 No. 5

“Last year was a year of significant progress for the Common Ground Alliance and Shell is honored to be recognized for its role with the 2009 President’s Award,” said Mujica. “CGA is the damage prevention voice for its members. Shell is committed to continuing to support CGA and to share best practices, promote public safety and protect the environment. This award is a testament to the hard work of Shell Pipeline employees.”

In addition to Shell being recognized with the corporate award, C. Gweneyette Broussard, senior legislative and regulatory representative for Shell, was the recipient of the CGA Ron Olitsky/Member of the Year Award. Broussard has been a CGA Member since the organization’s fruition and has worked tirelessly to drive positive change in the industry and educate the public about pipeline safety. She is actively involved in CGA’s efforts to identify best practices and she was instrumental in organizing the 811 public education campaign associated with the 811 deck-lid placement at the Homestead Race in Miami.

Alaska gas pipeline could cost billions
According to an Associated Press article, companies working with the state of Alaska to develop a major natural gas pipeline estimated that the project would cost $20 billion to $40 billion, depending on the route. The estimate comes in at least one billion dollars more than originally thought, but the project officials believe the pipeline is economically viable and could start carrying gas in about 2020. TransCanada Corp., base in Calgary, Alberta, is working with Irving, TX-based ExxonMobil Corp. to advance the project. The state of Alaska has promised to reimburse up to $500 million of eligible costs.

I&I spurs wastewater expansion
For the past decade, the city of Pipestone, MN, has spent nearly $7.5 million to repair and replace faulty underground plumbing, all in an attempt to stop the flow of excess water getting into the wastewater treatment system through inflow and infiltration (I&I).

Inflow is defined as water entering the wastewater collection system from surface sources after rainfall or snowmelt through manhole lids, cross-connections between sanitary and storm sewers, roof drains and service cleanouts. Whereas water entering the system from the ground through leaks in defective pipes, sewer line joint connections, defective manholes and sump pumps connected to the sanitary sewer is infiltration.

Pipestone’s Wastewater Treatment Facility experiences hydraulic overloading during significant precipitation/snowmelt contributed by I&I.